A city of the bizarre and the unfamiliar, inhabited by monstrous beasts and people with unnatural gifts. A city of tall glass spires mingling with old gothic architecture, where wild animals roam alongside the populace.

This is where Ripley Mason awakens after the car accident.

University dropout, casual drinker, and newly fledged hitchhiker, Ripley is tired of the daily grind of study, drink, repeat. Only halfway done with a degree he never chose, Ripley heads north to see if life won’t throw him something less monotonous.

Early into his journey, Ripley suffers a brutal car accident and awakens in a rundown hospital. Nervous, he ventures into dark, unfamiliar streets and comes face to face with horrific beasts. Thrown into a world of supernatural fantasy, Ripley fights to discover where he is, how he came to be here and, most importantly, if he can even get home.

//Ripley was still staring at the wallet in his hands. The clinic – as he had found out the place was – had graciously returned it to him. The problem was, it wasn’t his. There was no identification, no cards, nothing. Just some strange currency he didn’t recognise…//

All he knows of this place is a single word: C A L I G A T I O N

An Interview with Brhi Stokes

What inspired you to write Caligation?

I used to run a forum-based roleplay site, it went through a few iterations over about 3-4 years. It’s where I came up with Caligation. I always knew I wanted to play with the setting and write something in it, but it took me years to figure out how to tell the story within the setting I’d made. Finally, it came to me and the novel version of Caligation was born.

What was the hardest part about writing it?

The editing. I’m sure I’ll be much faster at it now that I’ve had a bunch of practice (and have done my research), but I’m a perfectionist. Which means I spent a good few years perfecting it and running it by a bunch of other people to make sure it was perfect. Other than that, as I mentioned above, trying to figure out how to put the story into the setting was difficult for me, too.

If you met your hero in a bar, what would you talk about?

Honestly, I’d probably just buy the poor guy a beer and talk about the weather. Or music. He needs a break.

What’s one of your interests outside of writing that might surprise people who have never met you?

I love tabletop RPGs (Dungeons and Dragons, World of Darkness, Shadowrun). I play (ideally) weekly with my husband and friends. It’s a pretty big part of our free time. Also I love video games.

What’s the most challenging part about living in Australia?

The heat. I live in Queensland. It’s hot. It doesn’t snow.

What's your favourite song from the 90s?

'Black Hole Sun' by Soundgarden will always be my favourite song (and has been since I was a child). It makes me incredibly sad to hear it after Chris Cornell’s death, but it’s still an amazing song.

What’s the last TV series/film that blew you away and what was so good about it?

True Detective (season 1) was a phenomenal mix of beautiful cinematography, incredible dialogue, and just the right amount of hints towards supernatural folklore.

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